The world today is often portrayed as being less kind, friendly or giving than it used to be.
So-called Gen Me, today’s teens and young adults, are the poster-children of moral decline, routinely characterised as narcissistic, selfish and hedonist.
Despite such concerns we know relatively little about the social composition of kindness and how it is changing across generations.
Our research provides new evidence that Australians exhibit a strong attachment and commitment to kindness as a moral value – and that generation may shape understandings and the practice of kindness in a powerful way.
– Nicholas Hookway and Daphne Habibis